(“chee-GUNG”) A component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and regulation of breathing to enhance the flow of qi (an ancient term given to what is believed to be vital energy) in the body. Qi gong exercises involve the meridian system used in acupuncture, mind intent and breathing techniques during movement. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase. The rhythmic movements of Qigong are reported to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
- qid (on prescription)
If a medicine is to be taken every so-many hours, it is written “q_h”; the “q” standing for “quaque” and the “h” indicating the number of hours. So, for example, “2 caps q4h” means “Take 2 capsules every 4 hours.”
A Chinese herb (also called sweet wormwood) from which is extracted the antimalarial agent artemisinin.
On a lab report, Quantity Not Sufficient. The sample is not large enough to do the test.
- QRS complex
The deflections in an electrocardiogram (EKG) tracing that represent the ventricular activity of the heart.
- QT syndrome, long
A disorder of the heart’s electrical system that predisposes individuals to irregular heartbeats, fainting spells, and sudden death. The irregular heartbeats are typically brought on by stress or vigorous activity. Abbreviated LQTS. LQTS is often symptoml